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Hospitals Refile Lawsuit to Reverse 340B Cuts

September 05, 2018

Several national provider organizations and three hospital plaintiffs refiled their lawsuit to reverse Medicare payment cuts for many hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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New Report Highlights Providers’ Perspectives about Health Care Disruption

September 05, 2018

Reaction Data recently secured feedback from nearly a hundred health care and hospital leaders about health care disrupters, emerging technologies, and partnership activity. Their Healthcare Disruption report reveals insights about the ever-changing health care landscape.

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State Cancels Process to Find Community HealthChoices Vendor; Will Revise Needs and Issue New RFP

September 04, 2018

Two state departments are cancelling their Request for Procurement seeking a vendor to facilitate eligibility and enrollment for the Community HealthChoices Program and other long-term services and supports  programs. 

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Forty Eight Percent of Survey Respondents Support National Health Insurance Program

August 31, 2018

According to the results of PwC’s Health Research Institute survey on national health plans, 48 percent of respondents support a national health insurance program available to all Americans in which physician practices and hospitals would remain private, while 57 percent support expanding Medicaid eligibility to any US resident.

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Analysis Finds Rate of Preexisting Conditions Could Limit Access to Care Under Short-Term Plans

August 30, 2018

An analysis by Kaiser Family Foundation maps the rates of preexisting conditions across the U.S., finding that even within the same state, the prevalence of such conditions can vary substantially.

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CMS Announces New Model to Address Impact of the Opioid Crisis for Children

August 29, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new Innovation Center state payment and local service delivery model, Integrated Care for Kids (InCK), to combat the nation’s opioid crisis.

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Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force Issues Report, Support for Telemedicine Legislation among Recommendations

August 27, 2018

The findings of the Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force were issued today, detailing recommendations for how the state, communities, and school officials can collaborate to prevent school-based violence. The recommendations included increased access to mental health services and, to that end, called upon the administration and the General Assembly to enact legislation securing reimbursement for telemedicine.

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Telemedicine Support in Skilled Nursing Facilities Can Prevent Avoidable Hospitalizations

August 24, 2018

In a recent case study about the use of telemedicine after hours in a skilled nursing facility, 29 percent of the patients that were evaluated by a doctor using telemedicine were able to avoid a hospital visit, with an estimated savings of about $1.55 million during a one-year period.

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New Program Seeks to Address Rural Physician Shortage in Northeast PA

August 21, 2018

Pennsylvania’s 42 rural hospitals face challenges unique to the communities they serve, with patients incurring barriers to their access to care including long transit times, physician shortages, and facility closures due to financial difficulties. One Pennsylvania health system is prioritizing rural care delivery by offering a new residency program specifically designed to address the needs of rural communities.

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New Report Looks at Correlation Between Disabilities, Health Care Disparities, and Population Health Efforts

August 16, 2018

According to a report in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, one in four U.S. adults (61 million) have a disability that impacts major life activities. CDC specialists say that if we can learn more about this population, we can better meet their health needs.

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Low-Cost Health Insurance Options Get Mixed Reviews

August 15, 2018

Discussions around health insurance options that were previously prohibited or limited under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue to draw mixed reactions from industry experts, consumer advocates, and state and federal officials.

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Pennsylvanians That Didn’t Receive New Medicare Cards Urged to Follow-up

August 14, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in conjunction with its distribution timeline, has completed mailing new Medicare cards to beneficiaries in Pennsylvania. Federal officials have provided instructions for residents who haven’t received their new card.

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Employers are Adopting Value Innovations to Manage Health Care Costs and Improve Health

August 07, 2018

The Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy recently released a brief which highlights new initiatives that employers are adopting to manage rising health care costs and improve employee health.

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PA Hospital Perspective, Economic Impact Shared During Federal Opioid Policy Roundtable

August 03, 2018

Federal and state policymakers received input from business leaders, local officials and hospital and health care providers during a roundtable policy discussion this week in Somerset exploring the impact of the opioid crisis on economic development in Appalachia counties.

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PA Insurance Commissioner Issues Letter to HHS on State’s Plan to Implement Association Health Plans Rule

August 02, 2018

Today, Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman sent a letter to the U.S. departments of Labor and Health and Human Services outlining the state Insurance Department’s position on the implementation of a federal rule aiming to expand association health plans (AHP).

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